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Containing the history and description of land birds

Thomas Bewick

(Cambridge library collection, . History of British birds / Thomas Bewick ; v. 1)

Cambridge University Press, 2013

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"This edition first published 1797. This digitally printed version 2013"--T.p. verso

Reprint. Originally published: London : Printed by Sol. Hodgson, for Beilby & Bewick : sold by them, and G.G. & J. Robinson, 1797

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Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) is synonymous with finely crafted wood engravings of the natural world, and his instantly recognisable style influenced book illustration well into the nineteenth century. During his childhood in the Tyne valley, his two obsessions were art and nature. At fourteen, he was apprenticed to the engraver and businessman Ralph Beilby (1743-1817) with whom he later published A General History of Quadrupeds (also reissued in this series). The present work, with its text compiled from various sources, was the first practical field guide for the amateur ornithologist, inspiring also artists and writers. Each of the two volumes contains hundreds of illustrations of breathtaking beauty and precision: one for each species, neatly capturing its character in exquisite detail, interspersed with charming vignettes of country life. Volume 1, first published in 1797, covers land birds, including eagles, owls, sparrows and finches.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Birds of prey
  • 2. The falcon tribe
  • 3. Of the owl
  • 4. Of the shrike
  • 5. Birds of the pie kind
  • 6. The woodpeckers
  • 7. Of the passerine order
  • 8. Of the grosbeak
  • 9. Of the bunting
  • 10. Of the finch
  • 11. Of the lark
  • 12. Of the wagtail
  • 13. Of the flycatchers
  • 14. Of the warblers
  • 15. Of the titmouse
  • 16. Of the swallow
  • 17. Of the dove kind
  • 18. Of the gallinaceous kind
  • 19. Of the plover.

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